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FAST FACTS

BEXAR COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

Updated 11-03-2020


Poll Rules

  • 100-ft. rule from the exterior door of all polling sites
  • 100-ft. rule from any car in which a voter is casting their ballot
  • No electronics or phone selfies permitted

Early Voting 

  • October 13-30 (locations and times at bexar.org/elections)
  • 207,272 early voters in seven days (number will change)
  • 227,659 in 2016 (comparatively speaking)
  • Added week of EV in 2020 election will add to current numbers, so likely will surpass the record

Mail-In Ballots

  • Mailed out 119,800 ballots as of 4:30 pm. 11-02-2020
  • Received 82,519 market ballots from voters as of 4:30 pm. 11-02-2020
  • Return rate: 69%
  • The deadline to request an application for a mail-in ballot was October 23rd
  • BCED has seven days to return the ballot to the voter
  • If emailing the application, the voter must submit that application by US Mail for the original signature within four days.
  • Many voters hand-deliver to 1103 S. Frio
  • 300-500 per day being hand-delivered
  • Voters may also decide to early vote, rather than utilize a mail-in ballot

Hand Delivering Mail-In Voting Procedure

  • Voters who hand-deliver mail-in ballots to elections must produce a driver’s license or photo ID.
  • One location to return mail-in ballots by hand: 1103 S. Frio


MAIL-IN BALLOT VOTING PROCEDURE

  • A voter receives a ballot in a brown envelope
  • Contents: letter from SOS, list of write-in candidates, a letter about bringing mail-in ballots by hand, white secrecy envelope, and actual ballot
  • Voter completes ballot, places in the white secrecy envelope, places in a mailing envelope, signs their name across the flap of the mailing envelope, and sends into elections office or brings in by hand
  • Voters may check the status of their ballot at bexar.org/elections

Ballot Tracking

  • The voter goes to the home page: bexar.org/elections and clicks on ‘track my ballot’
  • A voter enters last name, birthdate, DL number, or last four of social
  • Tracking status informs voter: whether elections has voter’s app, whether it’s entered into the system, whether the ballot is pending (meaning it is in the print queue in-house), the date the ballot was placed in the mail, and the date the ballot was returned to elections by the voter

Polling Place Line Priority

  • Disabled individuals with problems standing may request to move to the front of the line.
  • If the voter is not ambulatory, BCED suggests bringing a friend who is
  • That friend can tell the election judge a curbside voting machine is needed at their car

Voter Registration

  • There are 1,181,842 registered voters in Bexar County
  • This is the highest number of voter registrations, ever
  • In the US Presidential Election in 2016, there were 1,049,089 registered voters


COVID AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR VOTERS 

  • Texas has the ability for emergency ballots to be used by people who are ill
  • This is for Election Day only
  • Friend of the voter can get a ballot at 1103 S. Frio; take it back to the voter and that same person returns it
  • There must be a doctor’s excuse presented at Elections
  • Link to emergency ballot information